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    I have finished my dashboard, and have painted it a semi-flat or semi-gloss (whichever way you want to look at it) but I now have to apply clear coat...but every clear cloat spray paint i've seen is glossy or super glossy. I have searched for a semi-flat/gloss or even a pure flat clear coat, but to no luck. I have gone to local auto stores, Home Depot, and I've searched online, and haven't found anything.

    So I ask everyone here, is there even such a thing as clear coat thats not glossy? a semi-flat clear coat? If there is, I would love you forever if you could give me a link, or even a name for it.

    Thank you for your time, if there are any questions, or need clearing up, I would be more than happy to. If it has been asked before, I apologize, I did a search on the forums, but not as extensive as my on .

  • #2
    if you paint your clear coat on then let it dry and wet-sand it with a 600 or 1000 grit sand paper you will end up with a velvet smooth look, and if you want a more textured look then let the first coat dry then mist on the last this will leave you with a flat look, but whats the point??? just use a flat paint and skip the clear, no???, am i missing the point?
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    • #3
      i tried portabuddy's technique on misting a final coat and you can get a kind of neat effect from it. I sprayed a part with black base, high gloss clear, and then misted another coat of black on top of the clear and my result was a kind of gunmetal satin black. If you're using an evaporative cure clearcoat then you can mist that too, but i would recommend hitting it with a light coat of adhesion promoter since you're basically shooting dried paint particles on your surface. They'll come off pretty easily otherwise.

      i might also suggest that you check http://www.sherwin.com/pro/sherwin_williams_paint/# and search for satin clearcoats. i've had great success with their line of products.
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      • #4
        why don't just spray dull cote, afterwards

        Yev
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        • #5
          well, i wanted the clear coat on top for protection against minor scratches and finger prints, so I don't know.

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          • #6
            there is a way to do it. we've had it done on everything we've built for the past few years. It's a Matte finish. It has to be mixed into the clear coat. Once it's sprayed on, it will be matte but will still provide the protection of a clear. One plus is that it doesn't show finger prints nearly as quickly as the gloss clears.

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            • #7
              good advice RED, and some paint stores put the clear thats mixed with the granuals into a airasol paint can so you can spray it yourself, i dont know where you are but if your in the toronto area(doubt it) i can tell you where to go.
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              • #8
                You used to be able to get any custom paint put into aerosol form at NAPA, not sure if that's the case anymore.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by senseless228 View Post
                  I have finished my dashboard, and have painted it a semi-flat or semi-gloss (whichever way you want to look at it) but I now have to apply clear coat...but every clear cloat spray paint i've seen is glossy or super glossy. I have searched for a semi-flat/gloss or even a pure flat clear coat, but to no luck. I have gone to local auto stores, Home Depot, and I've searched online, and haven't found anything.

                  So I ask everyone here, is there even such a thing as clear coat thats not glossy? a semi-flat clear coat? If there is, I would love you forever if you could give me a link, or even a name for it.

                  Thank you for your time, if there are any questions, or need clearing up, I would be more than happy to. If it has been asked before, I apologize, I did a search on the forums, but not as extensive as my on .

                  What your after is PPG's pre-flattened clearcoat, code DCU 2060. Just as the name says, it's a pre-flattened clearcoat that is put over top of a basecoat to give it that flat satin look.

                  You should be able to order it from any automotive paint shop that deals with PPG, or you can order it online. Here's one site that sells it, and also has a data sheet on the product.

                  Pacific Western Paints
                  Data Sheet

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